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Two Female Semi-Nudes Turned Towards Each Other from the Right, 1911/12

Leopold Museum,
Pencil on Japanese paper
37.2×56 cm


  • Gustav Klimt

    (Baumgarten near Vienna/Vienna 1862–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
In terms of motif, the two reclining nude girls recall the embracing nudes Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) created in 1905/06 in connection with drafts for the second version of the painting Water Snakes II. For formal reasons, however, Alice Strobl associated the drawings with a group of nude studies, characterized by overly slender proportions and angular contours, that date back to around 1911/12. In these works, Strobl detected influences that Klimt derived from the young Egon Schiele (1890–1918). Schiele’s impact on Klimt must have been particularly fascinating to the Schiele collector Rudolf Leopold, and there is indeed another drawing from this stylistically homogenous group in his collection, the work Standing Female Nude in Profile from the Right, Her Head Turned Away. In the curved arch of the two reclining figures in the present drawing, Alice Strobl saw a proximity to the rounded large forms characteristic of the preliminary drawings for the painting The Virgin likely created shortly afterwards.

Object data

  • Gustav Klimt
Two Female Semi-Nudes Turned Towards Each Other from the Right
Art movement
Art Nouveau, Symbolism
Graphic work
Pencil on Japanese paper
37.2×56 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1328
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Gustav Klimt. Die Sammlung im Leopold Museum, hrsg. von Tobias G. Natter/Elisabeth Leopold, Ostfildern 2013 (Bestandskatalog des Leopold Museum: Band 1).
  • Alice Strobl: Gustav Klimt. Die Zeichnungen 1904-1912, Salzburg 1982.
Catalogue raisonne
  • Strobl Bd. 2/1982: 2051

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Nachlass Gustav Klimt, Wien (1918); (1)
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (vor 1982-1994); (2)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994).

  1. Nachlassstempel »GUSTAV / KLIMT / NACHLASS« auf der Blattrückseite
  2. Alice Strobl, Gustav Klimt. Die Zeichnungen 1904-1912, Bd. 2, Salzburg 1982, Nr. 2051

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